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Articles from the January 21, 2021 edition

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  • Brian Schrock

    Future retirees: Plan now for health care costs

    Updated Aug 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – If you're close to retirement, you'll have several financial issues to consider. But you'll want to pay attention to one of the most important of these issues: health care costs. How can you prepare yourself for these expenses? First, get an early start on estimating health care costs. More than two-thirds of those planning to retire in the next 10 years said they have no idea what their health and long-term care costs will be in retirement, according to the E...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about COVID-19 vaccine

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Parkinson’s Support group will resume meeting virtually this month, Friday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. via Zoom, after a brief pause during the 2020 holiday season. Guest speakers David Higgins, Ph.D., and Dr. David Miles will talk about “COVID-19 Vaccine – Warp Speed: What you need to know.” Higgins is the coordinator of the University of California San Diego Parkinson’s Support Group Network. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Rochester followed by a postdoctoral...

  • 3 things Fallbrook parents don't want to miss for next school year

    Andrew Campanella, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    Yes, it’s January, not June, and you may feel like you’re finally settling into a routine during a challenging school year. But as the saying goes, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Despite the disruptions of COVID-19, January is the ideal time to check in with your child about your school choice and start planning for the 2021-2022 school year. That’s why National School Choice Week takes place the last week of January. Each year, the public awareness effort features thousands of independe...

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    Athletes, parents rally to reopen sports

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer

    A few dozen athletes and parents gathered at the corner of Ammunition and Mission roads in the evening of Friday, Jan. 15 for a Let Them Play Rally, hoping to gather support for allowing youth and high school athletes to return to competition. "All the kids want to play," Ryan Farrish said. "And we as parents support them. We think it's in their best interest to be able to play the sports that they're playing. A lot of these guys and girls, it's their last season. It's their...

  • Fallbrook Camera Club presents annual awards

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Camera Club recently had an online meeting and presented awards for 2020. This has been a very different year for the Camera Club, as it has been for many people and groups. Early in 2020, the Club started online meetings. The Club completed the year with an online awards meeting instead of the usual banquet. Awards were given in the following categories: Projected Images – Color First place: Here Comes The Sun, Heidi Gauthreaux Second place: Sun...

  • Local health nonprofit answers call for emergency vaccinations

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Champions for Health, a local community health nonprofit, will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals in the first phase of vaccinations starting next week. CFH will be concentrating on hard-to-reach, high-risk communities, including senior nursing facilities, long-term residential facilities, essential health workers and primary care clinics. In partnership with San Diego County Health and Human Services, CFH is the contracted mobile vaccination team supporting emergency immunizations and educating i...

  • HHS data shows local hospitals still slammed with COVID-19 patients

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 20, 2021

    Local hospitals are continuing to see high levels of coronavirus patients, with two out of three Southwest Riverside County medical centers reporting increases in patients testing positive for COVID-19 in the latest data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, though the nearest San Diego County hospital to Fallbrook showed a slight drop in COVID-19-positive patients. According to HHS data released Jan. 10, 56% of patients at Temecula Valley Hospital, 57% of patients at Southwest Healthcare System...

  • Friends can help prevent youth suicide

    Evelyn Hill, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 20, 2021

    Youth suicide has been declared a national health issue by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office. Almost one out of five young people have “seriously considered suicide” in the past 12 months. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 12-18 in California. Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death for our youth. Many times, a young person will give clear warning signs before an attempt. By knowing the warning signs associated with suicide, and knowing how to help, you could save a life. A fri...

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    San Diego County to seek additional funding for No Place Like Home program

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, Jan. 12, to apply for $12 million in additional state funding for the No Place Like Home program. No Place Like Home provides funding for the creation of affordable housing units for those with serious mental illness who are experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness. The authorization also provides county behavioral health supportive services for tenants in No Place Like Home units for a period...

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    Breathing easier

    Dr. Seema Aceves M.D. Ph.D., Rady Childrens Healthcare|Updated Jan 20, 2021

    Over 10 million children have been diagnosed with asthma in the United States and 7 million children still have asthma. Boys are more often diagnosed with asthma than girls, and non-Hispanic Black children were the most likely to ever have been diagnosed with asthma. There is no cure for asthma but there are effective treatments and some children will outgrow their asthma. As such, it is important that parents be proactive in preventing, managing and alleviating their child's...

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    Palomar College's Fallbrook Education Center activates solar array

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – A new solar energy system at the Palomar College Fallbrook Education Center was activated following approval by SDG&E in early December 2020, expanding the college's portfolio of sustainable power resources. The array was installed on steel canopy structures in the parking lot adjacent to the "Modular Village" of existing buildings. Designed to eventually produce 161 kilowatts of electricity, it is currently providing 146 kilowatts – enough to power the center's en...

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    Water Authority seeks to reduce water costs countywide

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Addressing the San Diego region's limited local water supplies with innovative ideas is something the San Diego County Water Authority has become known for. Using expertise gained from decades of planning and projects, the Water Authority is developing strategies to reduce the future cost of water that sustains the economy and quality of life in Fallbrook, Rainbow and the rest of the county. Those efforts are ramping up in early 2021, following a Water Authority B...

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    Mourning Cloaks can be found in Fallbrook

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa, is one of the most widespread butterflies in the world, found from Alaska to Venezuela, and all throughout Europe and Asia. It also lives in Southern California. The adult butterfly's wingspan reaches about 3 inches with a unique color scheme on the wings. The outside of the butterfly's wings are black, resembling charred wood, with a white marginal band. The inside of the wings are mainly a deep maroon-brown color, with a b...

  • Jackie Heyneman and Tim O’Leary

    Individuals can help cut carbon by planting a tree

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Climate change, a worldwide problem, is such a big, complex problem that an individual may wonder, "Is there anything I can do to make a difference?" A resounding "Yes!" is the answer. If every property owner could find a place to add even one tree to offset pollution through the miraculous process of photosynthesis, which gobbles up pollution every day, it would make a difference. Trees hugely provide shade that can break up a "heat island" created by the vast a...

  • County library names top 10 lists for 2020

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – There’s no better place to start than with the San Diego County Library’s Top 10 lists of books and materials readers and movie lovers checked out in 2020. They say hindsight is 2020 vision; well, in this case 2020 vision can be foresight. The Top 10 lists have something for everyone, whether it’s Delia Edwards “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” John Grisham’s “The Guardian,” Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studio’s “Spiderman: Far From Home,” J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorce...

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    Fallbrook Art Center offers 'An Artful New Year'

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – "An Artful New Year" at the Fallbrook Art Center offers unique handcrafted works in a wide array of media from regional artisans. Works include jewelry, functional glassware, wearable art, accessories, functional and decorative wood and ceramics, greeting cards and more. "An Artful New Year" runs through Sunday, Jan. 24, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. The show and parking are free. The Art Center is located at 103 S. Main A...

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    Vallecitos School District seeks new board member for Trustee Area 5

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 20, 2021

    The Vallecitos School District is seeking applicants for the Trustee Area 5 seat on the district board. A 4-0 board vote, Tuesday, Jan. 12, approved the process for the appointment. Applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 27, and a special meeting, Monday, Feb. 1, will discuss candidates and potentially appoint a new board member. The district may also seek a waiver of the 60-day deadline to fill a vacancy, which would be required if no applicant expresses interest in the seat...

  • Janikowski, Thomas named to ENMU academic honors list

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    PORTALES, N.M. – Megan Janikowski and James Thomas of Fallbrook have been named to Eastern New Mexico University’s dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester. To be eligible for the academic honors list, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.25 or greater. Submitted by Eastern New Mexico University....

  • Mikaila Barker named to University of Utah's fall 2020 dean's list

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    SALT LAKE CITY – Mikaila Barker of Fallbrook was named to the University of Utah’s fall 2020 dean’s list. Barker’s major is psychology HBS. More than 9,700 students were named to the fall 2020 dean’s list at the university. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in at least 12 graded credit hours during any one term. Submitted by University of Utah....

  • Baker makes fall dean's list

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    LEWISBURG, Penn. – Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. Alec Baker, class of 2023, from Bonsall has been named to the dean’s list. A student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition. Bucknell University is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management and social and natural sciences, along with broad o...

  • New vice presidents to begin in January at Palomar College

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – With the approval of the Palomar College Governing Board, Tuesday, Jan. 5, two new assistant superintendent/vice presidents are set to join Palomar’s executive team, including Ambur Borth as the assistant superintendent and vice president of finance and administrative services and David Montoya as the assistant superintendent and vice president of human resource services. “We’re thrilled to have these two leaders joining our team at Palomar College,” Jack Kahn, interim superintendent and president of Palomar C...

  • Stephanie Ortiz

    Fallbrook Regional Health District board take their oath of office

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The board of directors of Fallbrook Regional Health District held its regular meeting Dec. 9, and newly elected board members Stephanie Ortiz and Barbara Mroz took the oath of office and will each serve a four-year term from 2020-2024. New officers were elected and include the following: Chair Howard Salmon, Vice Chair Barbara Mroz and Secretary Kate Schwartz-Frates. In addition, Jennifer Jeffries was again appointed Treasurer. Stephanie Ortiz is new to the b...

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    VFW Post 1924 hopes to raise funds with Special Burger Night

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 20, 2021

    The Charles E. Swisher Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 is hosting a Special Burger Night Monday, Jan. 25, in hopes of raising much needed funds for the post, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The takeout only event will take place from 4-8 p.m. at the VFW post located at 1175 Old Stage Road in Fallbrook. Members of the community can drive up, place an order and take their orders to go. The veterans organization has been instrumental in providing food to...

  • gentleman with cowboy hat

    Rescheduled talk is on Green Energy Zones

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present a talk about Green Energy Zones Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Pierre (Pete) Beauregard, a Ramona rancher, will be the speaker. This talk is rescheduled from the group's September meeting which was canceled due to power outages in Ramona affecting the internet service provider. Beauregard is the owner/builder of Casa Aguila, San Diego's first net zero energy home. He is a successful farmer using advanced i...

  • Photos being accepted for Sourcebook

    Updated Jan 20, 2021

    FALLBROOK – This year’s 2021 Sourcebook is going to celebrate the beauty of the area, so the Village News is looking for local people to submit photos representing Fallbrook, Bonsall, De Luz and Rainbow. Some of the staff’s favorite photos are typically nature and landscape photos, birds, wildlife and of course, colorful flowers. However, this year they would like to have some unique portraits of people of all ages – especially people reaching 100 years old – photos showing them at businesses, churches, nonprofits, schools a...

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